By Josh Roberts
Aldershot Town welcome Tranmere Rovers to The EBB Stadium for the first time since last season’s dramatic play-off semi-final.
The Shots will be looking to beat the side that denied them a place in the play-off final and pile more misery on Micky Mellon’s side after their poor start to the season.
Aldershot Town will be without Bobby-Joe Taylor (Injury) and Jack Gallagher (Suspension) for the visit of Tranmere Rovers.
The home side will be looking to give on loan left-back Cameron Pring a debut after he joined during the week from Championship outfit Bristol City.
Tranmere have a host of injury concerns for the journey down South. Long term absentees Ben Tollitt, James Wallace and Jake Kirby continue to be unavailable but the latter is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken leg.
Elliot Rokka will miss the game but has returned to light training and should allow manager Micky Mellon to call upon him in the next few weeks.
One player who will make the trip is winger Dylan Mottley-Henry, on-loan from Barnsley, after he missed the FA Cup tie against Halifax.
View from the Dugout
Aldershot Town Assistant Manager James Rowe: “It should be an exciting game with a lot of good players on the pitch from both teams.
“They’ve got individuals that can change the game, but so have we.
“He’s a strong manager Micky and he’s shown that in the play-off games when they played us. They were organised and it will be no different on Saturday.
“They will come with a game plan I’m sure, they’ll be organised as will we. It should make for an exciting game.”
Tranmere Rovers Manager Micky Mellon: “We’ll do everything to get the boys prepared for what will be a difficult game down at Aldershot.
“We’re on a run of four results out of the last four matches. We’re taking it game-by-game and trying to learn about the group. But I don’t get too high or too low.
“The league is very tight. I’ve never known it to be this way. It’s very inconsistent this season which was, results wise, probably us at the early part of the season.
“We’ve been working hard very hard and hopefully we can continue getting the result we’ve been getting.”
Head to head
Aldershot Town vs Tranmere Rovers: Last Time out
The last time these two sides met was in the second leg of the play-off semi-final at Prenton Park. Tranmere were coming off the back of a comfortable 3 – 0 victory in the first leg and reaching the final looked out of reach for Aldershot.
A Cole Stockton goal half an hour into the game seemingly had Tranmere at Wembley but goals either side of half time for Aldershot gave the Shots a glimmer of hope.
That was vanquished as James Norwood made sure of Rovers place in the play-off final when he scored four minutes into stoppage time.
Full time: Tranmere Rovers 2 (5) – (2) 2 Aldershot Town
Josh Roberts: 1 – 2
Aldershot have struggled in the last few weeks after a solid start to the season. Tranmere have found what it takes to win again and I expect them to come away with the three points.
Joel Lampkin: 0 – 3
Aldershot are scrapping points and failing to kill of games. Rovers have struggled this season, there’s several issues Micky Mellon needs to address but if Tranmere start well, dominant from the off and score early, I can’t see Aldershot being a problem it could be a one sided game.
Peter Tscherewik: 1 -1
Aldershot showed at the start of the season they have to be respected. Tranmere will looking to regain some form on the road but nothing will separate the two sides on the day,
George Williamson: 3 – 1
The Shots are the league’s 2nd top scorers, while Rovers languish in 23rd with just 11 goals scored. With Aldershot at home, and having scored more than double that of their opponents, I don’t see a way for Tranmere to keep them at bay.